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As a Performer

Ramamani was born in 1950 in Bangalore. Her father, Pandit Bhushan R.A Krishnamacharya was a Sanskrit professor and an Asthana Vidwan in the court of the Mysore Maharaja. Her mother Ms. Rajalakshmi was an ardent fan of Carnatic music and was instrumental in guiding Ramamani into the field of music initially. Ramamani had her formal initiation into South Indian Carnatic music at a tender age of five under the tutelage of Srinivas Ramachandra Rao. She moved on to grasp the intricacies of Manodharma Sangita under the guidance of Bellary Brothers and late Anoor Ramakrishna, Padmabhushana – Sangita Kalanidhi R.K. Srikantan and Sangita Kalanidhi Palghat K.V. Narayanaswamy who taught her the rare compositions of Master Composers. 

She started performing in concerts at the age of fifteen with her sister R.A. Chingamani and never looked back since then. She is an outstanding vocalist, a much sought after performing artist, a demanding teacher and a brilliant composer.. She specialises in vocal improvisations, complex rhythmic patterns and in Konnakol, the traditional percussion language. She formally learnt Mridangam from Vid. Late M.L. Veerabhadriah at Bangalore University. She is “A Top” artist in All India Radio and Doordarshan. She got married to T.A.S Mani, a renowned Mridangam Vidwan, who was her guide and mentor. The Husband and Wife Duo has worked together ever since and their contribution to the field of Music is immense as it is diverse. She is the first woman to present Avadhana Pallavi in front of the legends of the Carnatic music at Karnataka Gana Kala Parishat in 1974. This required her to present a composition where she kept time (Tala) of two different cycles on each hand. She received a standing ovation for her skill and mastery of presentation. She is also a pioneering woman to present Carnatic music in fusion with Western music. Her specialty was in retaining the purity of the Carnatic music while being accompanied by Western Musicians on their instruments. She also happens to be one among the earliest women to present Konnakol (vocalization of the percussion sounds) in a concert. She has been a special invitee at voice festivals at Morocco, Austria, Vienna, Bremen, Lorrach and other places. She has also given special performances on Jazz Radio stations. Her contribution in spreading the Carnatic music worldwide has been widely praised. Her introduction of Raga and Tala to Western musicians abroad has brought them to India to learn more about the Indian music.

Concerts in India

She participated in concerts since the age of thirteen. Also at all major festivals like Mysore Dusserah, Bhopal Festival, Dharwad Festival etc. Some of the major concerts were at – 

The Bangalore Gayana Samaja, Bangalore

The Karnataka Gana Kala Parishat, Bangalore 

Malleshwaram Sangeet Sabha, Bangalore 

Thyagaraja Gana Sabha, Bangalore 

The Music Academy, Chennai 

Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai, 

Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai 

Krishna Ganaa Sabha, Chennai 

Musri Trust, Chennai 

Mylapore Fine Arts 

Swati Tirunal Academy, Thiruvananthapuram 

Thyagaraja Gana Sabha, Hyderabad 

Chembur Fine Arts, Mumbai 

Rasika Ranjini Sabha, Mumbai 

Palghat Fine Arts Society 

Nadabrahma Sangeet Sabha, Mumbai 

Yuvalayam by T.T.D. – 2012 

Concerts Abroad

She has performed and participated in the following countries – Austria, Australia, Aberdeen, Belgium, China, Czechoslovakia, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxemburg, Morocco, Netherland, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Salzburg, Scotland, St. Petersburg, Turkey, Vienna, U.S., U.S.S.R., U.K and Yugoslavia. Her music has been arranged for the big bands which was of great success (WDR Big Band sketches of Bangalore – 2005, WDR Big Band pulses of Bangalore, London Philharmonic Orchestra Bujazzo from Germany Phoenix Foundation). She consistently participated in Jazz festivals all over the world. Some of the important festivals are –

Shrewsbury International Youth Festival, England 

Jazz Jamboree, Poland 

Music Tour of USA 

Universiade – Edmonton Festival, Canada 

Aberdeen Music Festival, Germany 

International Percussion Festival, Germany 

North Sea Jazz Festival, Holland 

International Drummers Festival, Hong Kong 

Asian Art Festival, Hong Kong 

Festival of India USSR 

Cultural Festival of India in Spain 

Music Festival, Belgium 

Jazz (voice Festival), Australia 

Festival of Perth, Australia 

International Buk Festival, South Korea 

Sangam Tour of Australia and China 

Concert at Opera house, Bayreuth 

Zurich Television Concert Tour 

Berlin jazz Festival  

Festival of Divine Voice, Morocco 

Jazz Festival, Moers 

Jazz Festival, Delmenhorst 

World Festival of Sacred Music 

Dresdan Festival. 

As a Composer

She has composed for many dance dramas (ballets). Some of them Revealed by Fire (Lata Pada) and Making of Maps (Shobana Jaisingh) received rich accolades. She has presented numerous research papers at seminars and conferences. Her forte has been her passionate adherence to Manodharma Sangeetha while allowing enough scope for improvisation and innovation while blending with other forms of music. Her mastery over rhythm while scaling all the three octaves with effortless ease always brought overwhelmed audience into a magical sphere. Her concerts leave a lasting impression on the mind of the listener. Like a modern day Pied Piper, she has lured many Western Musicians into learning the Indian Classical Music after casting a spell on them while performing abroad. To say she has been a model ambassador around the World for the South Indian classical music is just to state the obvious. She is making relentless efforts to uphold the tradition of classical music in India while spreading its charm to different parts of the globe. She has participated in Radio Sangeet Sammelan, South Zone Hook up, National Programme and Ravivaasariya programme of both All India Radio and Doordarshan. She has participated  in ICCR sponsored Tours of USA, Canada, Scotland, and Switzerland Festival of India, USSR, Japan, UK, China, Australia, Croatia, St. Petersburg. Her research works on music is still a syllabus in most of the Universities around the Globe.

As a Teacher

She has trained more than hundred students to carry on the rich heritage of classical music. Her training is not restricted to Indian students. She has trained students from other countries and culture to perform Carnatic classical music on stage. She has conducted music workshops for students in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Austria Frankfurt etc. She is a post graduate in music from Bangalore University and she is currently working at the Jain University, teaching for the Masters in Performing Arts (MPA). She runs the very popular “Karnataka College of Percussion”, a learning institute that has been training students for over 6 decades, found by Mridanga Chakravarthy Vid T.A.S Mani.

Academic Contribution 

Ramamani has presented numerous papers at prestigious Conferences and Seminars. Some of the papers presented are

  • Life and Krithis of Valeja Pete Venkatram Bhagavathar 
  • Life and Compositions of Jaya Chamarajendra Wodeyar 
  • Aparoopa Varnas 
  • Presentation of Antahpura Geethe
  • Avadhana Pallavi at Music Conference, Gayana Samaja, Bangalore 
  • Eka Vageyakara Krithis (Muthaih Baghavatar) 
  • Semianr on Javallis 
  • Seminar on Contemporary Music 
  • Sadashivarayar Krithis Research and Presentation on AIR 
  • Raaga Darshana of Bhairavi on AIR 
  • Geetaradhana Programme of AIR 
  • Teaching of Music (Ganavihara) on AIR 
  • 13 episodes of Swara Madhuri on AIR 
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